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College honors: Messiah’s Dirksen (Abington), Penn’s Spiro, Penn State’s Adams (Springfield-Delco)

Wednesday, 8th April 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/8/09

    Messiah freshman attack Rachel Dirksen (Abington) was recently named the NCAA Division III Rookie of the Week.

    Dirksen won 15 draw controls, dished out five assists and scored four goals in the Falcons’ two wins during the final week of April, as Messiah dispatched Arcadia University by a 19-9 score before winning at FDU-Florham by a 13-12 count last Saturday.

    Dirksen was a key player in preventing the Devils’ first Middle Atlantic Conference loss since May of 2007, scoring all three of her tallies in the first half to keep things close in a 7-6 lead at the intermission. She then assisted two of the Falcons’ final three scores, helping the team come back from a 12-10 deficit in the final 3:48.

    Dirksen now has 34 goals and 17 assists for Messiah, which is 7-3 overall and 5-0 in the MAC.

Penn’s Spiro named Ivy League Defensive Player of Week

 Penn junior Emma Spiro was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for her work in the Quakers’ 18-9 victory Saturday over Harvard.

    Spiro, who also won the award last week, won five draw controls and in between scoring a team-leading four goals, she held the prolific Jess Halpern scoreless.

    Harvard’s attacker had been averaging 3.2 goals per game and took just one shot in the entire contest. Spiro also pressured her into four turnovers. Spiro is the team’s third leading scorer this season and has come away with an impressive 36 draws, helping her team hold a .621 win percentage on the draw.

    Her efforts on defense have helped No. 3 Penn solidify the nation’s lowest goals-against average and continue the 10-0 undefeated streak.

Penn’s Edwards (Springfield-Montco) and Princeton’s McKenna (Penn Charter) make Ivy League Honor Roll

    Becca Edwards (Springfield-Montco) scored the game-winner and two others in No. 3 Penn’s victory against Harvard. The senior also assisted on two goals to lead the team with five points. It was her highest output of the season and her second hat trick. Also aiding the attack was her five draw controls.

    Princeton senior defender Marie McKenna (Penn Charter) helped the Tigers to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the Ivy League after a 15-5 win over Columbia and a 15-6 win over Yale. McKenna delivered two spectacular performances in holding opponents to just 19 shots per game and 5.50 goals per game. The last time Princeton held back-to-back opponents to six goals or fewer was in 2005.

Penn State’s Adams (Springfield-Delco) is ECAC Defensive Player of Week

    Senior goalkeeper Drew Adams (Springfield-Delco) was named the ECAC Defensive Player of Week.

    Adams was stunning in Penn State’s 10-8 win over Hobart on Saturday. The three-time ECAC Goalie of the Year had a career-high 24 saves against 45 Hobart shots (42 on goal). Adams also controlled the Penn State defense with nine ground balls, a season high for the senior.

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